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December 2, 2005

Thinking Outside The Box Office

I just read a great article in the latest issue of 'Wired', with an interview with Director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean's 11). Soderbergh is going to release his latest film Bubble into theatres, on DVD, and on cable TV all on the same day. Saying that if you look at any of the big films in the last 4 years, 'It has been available in all formates on the day of release. It's called piracy.'

The biggest worry would then be, why go to the theatre if you can see at home on your nice projected screen without the fuss of dirty, loud, expensive theatres? I still enjoy the experience of going to the cinema, that will never change for me, but like Soderbergh says 'They're making it easy for people to stay home'.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is of a simultaneous release in all the major formats.

Another portion of the article that interests me, while at the same time tires me is Soderbergh's interest in doing multiple versions of the same film. Stating 'I often do very radical cuts of my own films just to experiment, shake things up, and see if anything comes of it.' So the initial version would come out, then a few weeks later v2.0, recut, rescored, etc.

They say movies are made 3 times, the first time when it's written, secondly when it's filmed, and the 3rd time in editorial when you cut it all together. The director and editors have full control over how we will experience the story, so it's a cool idea to release alternative cuts, but it also seems like this concept would be abused and consumer whored out as a great way to make $$$, like squeezing 3 glasses of lemonade out of one lemon. For those seriously interested you will have ticket sales x3, dvd sales x3, etc. But then again it might just all even out becuase not everyone will watch all the versions. Anyhow cool concept, I think it could be a great thing for a few select projects, One cut could cater to the studios, another soley to the directors vision. I'd just hate to see 3 radical versions of White Chicks out there, =P

We are in a remix culture, he goes onto discuss Dangermouse's Grey Album which took the lyrics to Jay-Z's Black Album and remixed with The Beatles White Album. Onto how facinating it'd be to do a mash up of Gus Van Sant's Psyco with Hitchcock's Original Psycho, because Gus's Psyco was a shot by shot duplicate of the original.

It was a very interesting article, and it will be available to read on Wired.com on December 5th.

-wired.com

  

Posted by dschnee at December 2, 2005 5:57 AM